All in all it was a great event with a lot of great entries. I would like to thank all those who participated in the 1st Annual Whirligig Wars Contest. When I presented the idea of holding a whirligig contest to Steve Ramsey (Woodworking For Mere Mortals) he and I agreed it would be a fun summer event. The response was overwhelming with over 6000 video views of the videos relating to the contest and many great comments from woodworkers all over. So it was decided early on that this would be ...
Well guys after 2 days I finished my first whirligig ” Man cutting wood with a Laguna Bandsaw. If you would like to be part of the Whirligig Wars Woodworking Contest. Visit A Simple Design of Ocala for more information or check out my blog entry “Whirligig Wars Project contest” here on Lumberjocks to watch the video.. Hosted by Steve Ramsey of woodworking for mere mortals and Myself with prizes from Laguna Tools, Woodworkers Guild of America, Rockler Woodworking, Steve R...
A Simple Design of Ocala has teamed up with Woodworking For Mere Mortals to you bring you the fans and viewers a great Contest.We want you to build a Whirligig, of any shape or size! We are looking for creativity and just an all around fun project from you. and the best part is, you have a chance to win some Awesome Prizes!!This contest is sponsored by Laguna Tools which provided us with some amazing items to give away. A Complete List of Prizes is below with the Contest Details.Also Wood...
The end date for my Dad’s auction is a little less than a week away (June 25). Every time I look at listing on the auction sight I can’t believe how much stuff there is. I said in my first blog about this auction that “all” his tools and remaining stock of lumber was up for sale. That isn’t quite true my brother and I have kept a few tools and a stock of wood for our own use in years to come. But it’s hard to believe that what we have kept is maybe a fourth...
Two weeks ago, I attended an auction in California. An ‘Old Tyme’ cabinet shop was out of business and liquidating. First I purchased some tools: Clamps. Total price $185 or about .1.70 each 45 very heavy duty Wetzler bar clams 15 misc. lighter ‘home owner’ style clamps 53 C clamps from 5” to 12”Then, three large tools Ritter horizontal 8” belt sander [with 4 new belts, 130”] @ $200 ...
I’m still trying my hand at the EZ Mitre boxes. So, I took three pieces of cherry and, after joining them, I applied a thin layer of (what I think is) birch plywood to, what will be, the inside layer of the box. I know of two good reasons to put another type of wood on the inside layer of these boxes: 1) looks good2) run the wood grain alternate to the outside layer and it adds cross-grain strength Here’s two more things I NOW know 1) don’t use cheap plywood ...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #689: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like . . .
Hey! Wait a minute! Isn’t it just starting to get warm out? It is here in Nova Scotia anyway! While most of you are starting to get the garden ready and dreaming of days at the camp or the pool or the beach, I have been sitting here humming Christmas tunes to myself and getting my projects ready for the holiday issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine. I was really happy about the responses I received on the bells yesterday. It seems like many of you are intrigued about...
OK I like a few of them, but here is my favorite tool chest design and build to date. This is one built by Christopher Schwarz and featured on his Lost Art Press Blog. Feel Free to post your favorite tool chest designs and builds from around the web. Travis
After a full day of working yesterday, I am still finishing up the site update. Sometimes I think that my own ideas are the things that slow me down the most. Just when I think I am getting caught up, it seems that I have another idea and then I try to get it finished and include it in the current deadline. If I don’t, I start to feel that I am not trying my hardest and I get disappointed with myself. So I push. I used to do the same thing when I participated in neighborhood craft sales...
Yesterday was spent getting things ready for the site update. Between finishing up the patterns for the new stuff, designing and cutting the new free pattern that I am offering and even drawing up a couple of additional quick designs it kept me pretty busy. I finished the pattern for the calendar topper and that is about ready to go. It came out to be 22 pages long, and includes all 12 months. I left the April and December months for Easter and Christmas respectively, as people can stil...
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